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Western Traditions in Literature

Research Paper Assignment

Ms. Fine

The following packet contains requirements, due dates, and expectations regarding the 9th grade research project.  The final product is worth 200 points with additional grades along the way.

The research topic is to be a condensed and specific comparison of a historical and a contemporary figure.  It is not to be two complete biographies of each person.  The writer must focus his/her topic to prove a specific thesis regarding the two subjects.

 A list of possible topics will be distributed in class, however, students may choose to compare individuals of their choice, provided they submit these intentions for approval prior to beginning the paper.  The paper is to follow the guidelines set forth in this packet, class instruction, and the Writers Inc handbook.

Library research will be done during class on January 23, 25, 28, 30, 31, 1.  Remaining research must be done on your own time.

Ms. Fine will provide you with a list of websites you may use to conduct research.  Other than the websites listed, we do not want you referencing any other online sources.  You will limit your online research to the sources provided or your grade will be penalized.  

This paper is a mandatory requirement for Western Traditions in Literature.  If the paper is not turned in you will not pass this semester of English, despite any other grades you may have.  If the paper is not turned in by the due date, points will be deducted at the rate of 10% per day (15% over weekends).  The final grade for this project will be factored into your fourth quarter progress report. 

Please remember, if at any time throughout the research or writing process you need assistance, Ms. Fine is available before school any day or after school on  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


All of the following are required assignments.  Expect to receive points for completing them or losing points for not completing them. 

Due Dates:

January 22:                Bring public library card, notecards (4 x 6), rubber bands (4), and an oversized envelope to class

January 24:                Topic request due, list your “Top 5” requests in order of preference

January 28:                3 source cards due

January 30:                  15 note cards due

February 6:                Thesis statement and 10 notecards due

February 11:              Formal outline due

February 12:              10 additional notecards due

February 26:              Rough draft #1 due

February 27:              Rough draft #2 due (must be in by 8 am)

March 11:                  Final product due (must be in by 8 am)

Research Paper Requirements

1.         Minimum of 4 source cards

Approved Sources:

    • Books

    • Magazines

    • Journals

    • Newspapers

    • Videos/DVDs

    • Online sources (limit 3)*

  • Reference Material 

*Online resources are limited to those subscribed to by the school library or found on the material provided by Mrs. Hubler.  These sites can be accessed from any computer (home, school, public library) with internet service.

2.         Minimum of 30 note cards

    • Please refer to Writers Inc and class notes for note card format.  Anything that is cited within the body of your paper must have a note card.

  • 1-3 facts per note card; all facts must be relevant and related to each other and they should all come from the same source/page/paragraph

3.         3-4 pages

  • Final paper must be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman 12 

4.        Approved topic and thesis 

5.        Formal Outline 

6.         Minimum of 9 parenthetical citations

    • The citations must use at least 4 different sources

    • The 9 citations must include at least 2 direct quotes

  • No footnote or endnotes


7. A typed works cited page using proper format. 

8. Final Product (everything must be present and organized as specified):

      • Clean folder with 2 pockets.

      • Name and class period must appear on the front of the folder

      • Two rough drafts, including peer editing sheet

      • Formal outline

      • Note cards in the order in which they appear in  your paper; secured with a rubber band

      • Source cards secured with a rubber band


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